Maximising Dropbox for free

Dropbox is one of the best services I have ever had the pleasure of using, I’ve been using it for years now, and I can’t remember how I ever did anything before it. Dropbox is a cloud storage and synchronisation option that allows you to always have the most up to date version of your files at pretty much any computer or device connected to the internet, and the best thing is that is it free, out of the box you get 2GB of storage. The paid for version is very affordable and definitely a great value proposition if your use Dropbox for business.

One great feature of the is that dropbox allows your to increase the amount of storage for free and today I am going to tell all the ways to do that.

Getting Started

After you have created your account simply follow their get started guide.

Complete all these tasks and your first 250MB will be unlocked.

  1. Take the Dropbox Tour
  2. Install Dropbox on Your Computer
  3. Put Files in your Dropbox Folder
  4. Install Dropbox on Other Computers You Use
  5. Share a Folder with Friends or Colleagues
  6. Invite Some Friends to Join Dropbox
  7. Install Dropbox on Your Mobile Device

Simple Tasks

Connect to your Social Media account on Twitter and Facebook, Send some feedback saying why you love Dropbox, Follow Dropbox on Twitter and post and a tweet about Dropbox, each of these net you another 125MB each for a total of 625MB.


Sharing with your friends and getting them to sign up to Dropbox will get you another 500MB for each person who signs up ( up to a maximum of 16 traditional GB ) This one can be the trickiest today if your don’t know 32 people who aren’t using Dropbox already.

The Big Guns

Downloading and connection the Mailbox App to your OSX, iPhone, iPad, Android devices and connecting your Dropbox account will add 1GB of additional storage. Mailbox is any interesting app, but currently lacks and desktop client so your mileage may vary with how useful it will be for now.

Downloading Dropbox’s new service Carousel will give you a 3GB boost, this is part of a push to get you using Dropbox’s new photo management utility. This is the reason I decided to write this post, So I will have to get back to you on how it works, but 3GB for a few user is a lot, since the majority of you will be using it for photo storage anyway.


There are other ways to increase that I haven’t listed, like Dropbox events of a special offer. occasionally they will give you an opportunity for more space so keep an eye out. If I find any ill be sure to tell you.

So if you complete everything I mentioned about you can clock in at almost 23 GB of free storage, but if are in a position where you really need that much storage consider upgrading to one of the pro packages, the benefits you receive are probably something you will need if you are using large amount of Data like that.

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